Betsy Sharkey

Betsy Sharkey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Betsy Sharkey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "It is an impressive feature directing debut, with Banks handling the high-octane chaos of "Pitch" with almost perfect aplomb. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
85% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "The kind of heartwarming, sentimental tale of a gentle soul that the PBS show's iconic character would love. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
91% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "What "I'll See You" does particularly well is get at how any relationship - whatever your age - comes with a limited, rather than a lifetime, warranty. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
7% Hot Pursuit (2015) "So bad you'd think it was directed by the worst sort of male chauvinist director. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
53% Maggie (2015) "The plot is lean, the dialogue is spare and there are some intriguing stabs at intellectual and emotional terrain. But the pacing is deadly, so slow there might be time for a catnap or two without missing anything important. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) "It's a hoot and a half. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
69% Welcome to Me (2015) "Though some of the jabs "Me" takes at reality TV are clever, the film, like Alice, tends to fracture at key moments. What makes it worth watching is Wiig. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) ""Far from the Madding Crowd" has its appeal. Yet like unrequited love, one can't help but lament what might have been. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
44% Adult Beginners (2015) "The kind of comedy that goes down easy even as it looks at the hard stuff. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "A sweeping romance beautifully wrapped in classy couture and slightly suspect in the way it uses metaphysics to manipulate matters of the heart. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
78% 24 Days (2015) "Knowing the outcome behind the true-life tragedy "24 Days" doesn't diffuse the horror, the tension or the sadness of watching one family's drama unfold day after agonizing day when a son is kidnapped and hope dies. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "As stirring as Binoche is as Maria, Stewart is breathtaking as Valentine. Assayas uses the issues he parses in "Sils" to zero in on a personal-professional minefield that Stewart has navigated as well. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
28% The Longest Ride (2015) "The two-plus hours is mostly marked by an emptiness born of scene after scene designed to blatantly manipulate emotions rather than trigger them. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
67% 5 to 7 (2015) ""5 to 7" is an interesting directing debut that, like Brian, shows promise. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
81% Ned Rifle (2015) "[It] might not sound entertaining, yet when the writer-director is on his game, as he is in "Ned Rifle," the effect is bizarre black comedy that is designed to set you thinking about what his satire is really saying. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) ""Furious 7" is the fuel-injected fusion of all that is and ever has been good in "The Fast and the Furious" saga that began in 2001 with souped-up cars and a stripped-down story about a tightknit East L.A. street racing crew. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
46% Home (2015) "Tension is one of "Home's" biggest issues. There just isn't nearly enough of it. Story is another. Even a kids' movie needs more complexity and more invention. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "With Ferrell and Hart involved, it's probably impossible for anyone to completely resist their baser instincts to be amused by the patently offensive. Though it's hard not to wish more moviegoers would. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
16% The Gunman (2015) "Part of the contract that movies of this sort forge with moviegoers is that the reasons for all the running and gunning won't get in the way of the action. "The Gunman" doesn't play by those rules. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a moody comic allegory about desperation, disconnection and dreams that uses Fargo, the Coen brothers classic, as a touchstone to examine modern life. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
30% Cymbeline (2015) "A mash-up of social media shortcomings and Shakespearean tragedy that becomes as much a tale of cinematic ambition gone awry as anything the Bard intended. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
84% Cinderella (2015) "As pure of heart as its heroine, "Cinderella" floats across the screen like a gossamer confection, full of elegant beauty and quiet grace. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
56% Focus (2015) "The Hollywood stakes for Smith are as high as they are for the con man he plays. As it stands, "Focus" just might be a game changer. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
70% The Salvation (2015) "The story drifts and the pacing drags, failing to gather much steam until the final moments. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
68% All The Wilderness (2015) ""All the Wilderness" seems tailor-made to play to the actor's strengths - Johnson's script is as lean as Smit-McPhee, both proving adept at doing more with less. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
71% The DUFF (2015) "Romance, or the desire to find someone special, isn't a bad thing - if it's not the only thing. But as it stands in "DUFF," the denouement at prom has cliché written all over it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "The divorce-centered drama is so provocative it's become a lightning rod for debate inside the country. Even watching from a distance is unnerving. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "If you're not going to break out of the box when you move mediums with a musical, it is critical to use the box very, very well. Unfortunately, "The Last Five Years" does neither. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "If you can forgive the failings for at least some of the two-plus-hour running time, "Kingsman" serves up its share of entertaining froth. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "All of the strangely charming cartoony undersea nonsense of SpongeBob that's delighted kids and stoners for year comes to the surface in "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water." Prepare to giggle. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
13% Seventh Son (2015) "I know it's early, but "Seventh Son" may actually be the worst movie of the year. It will most certainly be a contender. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "A provocative, sometimes satiric drama about the sort of Islamic extremists who make life, especially in the outer reaches, so treacherous these days. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
27% Wild Card (2015) "Sadly, "Wild Card" is no royal flush, no full house, no three of a kind. A bust is I think the term I'm searching for. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
88% Winter Sleep (2014) ""Winter" feels very much like an epic novel, mirroring the pacing and themes of Chekov, whose work was its inspiration. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
18% Strange Magic (2015) ""Strange Magic," the new animated musical fairy tale from the mind and the mixtape of George Lucas, is indeed strange. What's missing is the magic. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
98% Paddington (2015) "Artfully and cleverly, the sweet spirit of that young bear from darkest Peru and his many London misadventures materializes brilliantly on screen in the very good hands of writer-director-conjurer Paul King. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
53% Little Accidents (2015) "To her credit, the writer-director tries for complexity. Now if she can just get the storytelling to match the quality of the filmmaking, I suspect there will be fewer little accidents. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "Too often the filmmakers go for cheap shots. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
9% Taken 3 (2015) ""Taken 3" is so unintentionally hilarious I couldn't help but wonder - do movie contracts carry a humiliation bonus clause these days? " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 9, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The Dardennes take us into the ecosystem of need. By the time they are through, they've cut a wide swath that covers most of the issues of the working class. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
72% Big Eyes (2014) "This portrait of a woman on the verge - of success, of suppression, of submission, of rebellion - is never fully realized. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
71% Into the Woods (2014) "What makes "Into the Woods" so entertaining is the cleverness of the tale itself and the way specific characters match the talents of its storytellers. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
53% The Interview (2014) "Characterizing it as satire elevates the creative execution of the film's very silly faux assassination of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un far beyond what it merits. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 22, 2014
27% Annie (2014) "Hard to believe the sun will come out tomorrow for the new "Annie." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "Five armies are too many. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 16, 2014
82% Monk With a Camera (2014) "Ultimately the documentary falls short of explaining why Vreeland not only made his choice but maintained it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
87% Top Five (2014) "To the writing, Rock brings the discipline of his stand-up. Even with some improvisation, there is not one throwaway line in this fat-free script. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Trying to pare back Pynchon without killing the joke was the challenge. Anderson has done a remarkable job of replicating the crazy kaleidoscope of crime, dope and raunch the novelist conjured. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
48% Miss Julie (2014) "The heat that should saturate the film as betrayals mount and boundaries are broken flickers and dies many times over "Miss Julie's" languid two-plus hours. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
90% Wild (2014) "Though there are occasional stumbles along the 1,100-mile hike, the peaks in "Wild" make the journey more than worth it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2014
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